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raptors, swinelizards and bearcrocs
>> On the subject of names the usage of "raptors" for dromaeosaurs was
>> first used by Dale Russel in AN ODDESEY IN TIME.
>Russell also used the informal name 'bearcroc' for rauisuchians
>and poposaurids, 'owliguana' for rhynchosaurs and 'swinelizard' for
>gomphodont cynodonts, always between quotation marks. These words are
>neologisms which he created for strictly informal use in his book,
>after defining them with the exact scientific terminology. 'Raptor'
>on the other hand is an already existing, scientific name, which
>denotes a whole different group of animals.
I asked Dale today about his use of “raptor” in _An Odyssey in Time_ (1989).
He said it had been in popular use before that, but he didn’t overuse it in
the book either.
He more deplores the use of the term “non-avian dinosaurs.”